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Educator Perceptions of the D.A.R.E. Officer

NCJ Number
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education Volume: 44 Issue: 1 Dated: Fall 1998 Pages: 1-17
Joseph F. Donnermeyer
Date Published
17 pages
This article reports on the results of a statewide survey of school principals and teachers and their views of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers.
The research goal was to obtain useable surveys from 300 teachers and principals of public schools with the D.A.R.E. program in Ohio. With no other surveys of this type available, nearly all questions were developed through a series of group discussions between the researcher, several D.A.R.E. officers, and five 5th and 6th grade teachers at schools that sponsor D.A.R.E. Although educator perceptions of the D.A.R.E. officer were generally positive, there were variations in their responses. Most predictive of educator ratings of D.A.R.E. officer effectiveness with students was the perceived quality of teacher-officer interaction. The more positive the rating of the quality of interaction between teacher and officer, the more positive were the educators' ratings of D.A.R.E. officer effectiveness. The results of this study are discussed in terms of future research on the relationship between prevention education programs and various stakeholder groups, as well as the symbolic politics of school and community-based prevention programs. 4 tables and 7 references